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Selby Surname Origin
(Locality). A market-town in west Yorkshire, England, on the Ouse. Danish, Seile, to sail, to navigate, and by, a town. Seil, a sail. A place of boats or sails.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Selby Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Selby Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738